* Letter to DPI central committee members…
February 25, 2021
Fellow Committee Members:
In my conversations with you all, I’ve emphasized transparency, inclusivity, and accountability. These are our shared values, and that is why one of the first things I would do is call for a full audit of the Democratic Party of Illinois’ finances. Our bylaws state the Chair may call for “an annual audit of the funds of the Central Committee by a Certified Public Accountant and make available a full financial statement including income and expenditures to the members of the Central Committee.” Rules of the Democratic State Central Committee, Art. VI.22 (“Annual Financial Statement”). I will make sure we do that - and more.
In that regard, it has just come to my attention our Democratic Party of Illinois’ (DPI) transferred $2,000,000 on February 19, 2021 from our federal and non-federal ($1,000,000 from each) accounts to the Democratic Majority. On February 22, 2021, Democratic Majority transferred $2,000,000 back to DPI.
On first review, it would appear that $1,000,000 from DPI’s federal account — “hard” money that is raised under stricter, smaller contribution amounts — has now been converted to “soft” non-federal dollars after the transfer back from Dem Majority.
If this is the case, it presents serious questions as to why DPI would have converted funds that are more difficult to raise into state-level funds. Whatever the answer may be, I pledge to you if I am fortunate enough to be elected Chair, I will keep State Central Committee Members informed of the party’s financial decisions — especially ones of this magnitude.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me on this issue or others. I want the Democratic Party of Illinois to be inclusive, transparent, and a place where we share ideas and information.
Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-2)
& State Central Committeewoman
Those were some odd transfers, which happened before Speaker Welch took over Democratic Majority. I’ve asked for an explanation.